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Florida man pleads guilty to killing ex-girlfriend

Christian Valentin Penchi
Posted at 8:28 AM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 08:28:50-05

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Central Florida man has pleaded guilty to killing his ex-girlfriend.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that 33-year-old Christian Valentin-Penchi pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder. He faces possible life in prison at an April 12 sentencing.

Authorities say 23-year-old Vanessa Cocly disappeared last April. She had broken up with Valentin-Penchi the year before. Cocly's family tracked down her phone, which had pinged near Valentin-Penchi's apartment. The family also found her car in the same area.

Orange County deputies executed a search warrant at the apartment and found Cocly's dead body. Valentin-Penchi had fled to Puerto Rico but was arrested there and returned to Orlando.